People in Pakistan are angry with Prime Minister Imran Khan after he fails to fulfill the demands of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, a hardline religious group banned recently. TLP supporters burn the flag of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party in Lahore. Violent protests erupted in cities across Pakistan in which many security personnel and TLP cadres were killed. Things turned uncontrollable after the arrest of TLP chief Saad Hussain Rizvi on April 12. TLP, with its massive following across Pakistan, has been demanding expulsion of the French ambassador from Pakistan. It is opposing publication of blasphemous caricatures in Charlie Hebdo magazine and remarks about Islam and terrorism by French President Emmanuel Macron. Even though the government initially rejected TLP's demand and halted the talks, it now calls for a resolution in the National Assembly to expel French ambassador. The rise of Islamic fundamentalist outfits in Pakistan remains a major international concern.
A large number of supporters of proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protested outside Lal Haveli residence of Federal Minister for Interior, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Monday in Rawalpindi city. They chanted slogans against Sheikh Rashid. On Sunday, police in Lahore launched a crackdown against TLP in which 3 people were killed and many were injured. TLP has recently been banned by the Pakistan government after violent protests following the arrest of their chief Saad Hussain Rizvi in Lahore on April 12. Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan is a hardline religious group with a massive following across Pakistan. The country has been paying the price for radicalization of its society. On the call of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, the current chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, a Chakka jam and shutter down strike is being observed throughout Pakistan today. Addressing a press conference at Darul Amjadia late last night along with Ahle Sunnat (Barelvi sect) Ulema condemned Sheikh Rashid, police and government for violence and firing on TLP cadres, made this appeal. The situation remains grim in Pakistan, especially in Lahore city. Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been sealed after Maulana Fazlur Rehman, president of Jamait Ulema-e-Islam announced that he would join TLP's proposed march towards Islamabad. TLP is opposing publication of blasphemous caricatures in Charlie Hebdo magazine and remarks about Islam and terrorism by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Pakistan and India signed a fresh ceasefire agreement on 25th of February this year. Barely three months have passed and the deal is yet again breached when today early morning Pakistan opened fire along the International Border.
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While speaking to ANI, 15 Corps (Srinagar) Commander Lt Gen DP Pandey said that Pakistan Army used ceasefire violations to assist infiltrations but it is now reduced after the agreement between India and Pakistan. He also emphasised that current terrorist attacks have not been led by Pakistan but it is instigating local terrorists in Kashmir valley. "Ceasefire was announced about 2 months back and both sides (India and Pakistan) are adhering to norms, but we shouldn't draw too many conclusions. In about another month or two, we'll get to see the impact of this ceasefire in Kashmir. The numbers of (terror) incidents are on decline, they're virtually half, as compared to last year. Pakistan Army used ceasefire violations primarily to assist infiltrations; currently what we observe is adherence and reduction," said Lt Gen DP Pandey. He further said, "Pakistan's objective in terms of facilitating terrorism in Kashmir hasn't changed, but their intent to indigenize it has changed. For last few years, Pakistan terrorists aren't leading attacks, but primarily instigating local terrorists."
The Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) recently organised a rally and held a protest demonstration in Germany's Bremen city to spread awareness among the German people about the illegal occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan and Iran. March 27 is one of the darkest days in the history of Balochistan as, on this day in 1948, the Pakistan Army forcibly occupied the Eastern Part of Balochistan (Pakistan Occupied Balochistan). The Baloch nation has been resisting the illegal occupation of their country and to regain their independence. In the past 73 years of resistance, the Baloch nation has sacrificed thousands of their precious lives for their national liberation. The FBM rally set off at 1 pm on Saturday from the Central Station in Bremen and passed through various busy streets before reaching Bremer Marktplatz where the activists held a demonstration. On the occasion speakers Mahgonag Baloch, Sadiq Baloch, and Abdul Wajid Baloch, Abu Bakar, Beebagr Baloch, Shakeel Abdul Sattar, Naveed Baloch and others shed light on Iranian and Pakistani state atrocities against Baloch people, the history of Balochistan's illegal occupation and the Baloch struggle for freedom. The speakers said that despite Pakistani state atrocities, the struggle for national freedom continues with the support of the Baloch masses. Protesters also raised slogans against China for its loot and plunder of Balochistan's resources, especially Gwadar port, and supporting Pakistan in its crimes against Baloch people in the name of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The activists of the Free Balochistan Movement also ran a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #PakistanQuitBalochistan and demanded the immediate withdrawal of occupying forces of Iran and Pakistan from Balochistan. Pro-freedom political activists including women and children also rally to record their protest against ongoing Pakistan and Iranian state crimes in Balochistan.
A man, who was in Pakistan jail, returned to India after 14 years. Dharam Singh served 14 years of imprisonment in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail. Singh returned to India via Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar on April 19. Singh is a resident of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district and had crossed the border unknowingly in 2003. “He crossed over to Pakistan by mistake in 2003 and served a jail term of 14 years. He will be quarantined for 14 days followed by a round of medical test. Later, his family will be called and he will be handed over to them,” police said.
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A person returned to India via Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar on April 19 after being released from Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. Dharam Singh is a resident of Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district and had crossed the border unknowingly. Protocol Officer AP Singh said, "He crossed over to Pakistan by mistake in 2003 and served a jail term of 14 years. He will be quarantined for 14 days followed by a medical test. Later, his family will be called and will hand over him to them."
Violent protests reportedly gripped many cities in Pakistan after arrest of the chief of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party. Saad Rizvi has been leading protests against Pakistan's ties with France after the..
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The situation is getting worse in many cities of Pakistan after Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party leader Hafiz Muhammad Saad’s arrest on Monday. Protests have erupted in several cities across Pakistan..